Same New Kelpe brilliance


LOUGHBOROUGH-spawned music maker Kelpe is set to release a new 7″ single, Same New Era, next month.
But for those of you without a record player, you can enjoy the mind-bending video above.

Kelpe taster

LOUGHBOROUGH knob-twiddler Kelpe is releasing a new EP in September.
The Margins EP will be put out by Bristol label Black Acre on vinyl and as a download.
Kelpe said: “I’ve grown pretty fond of a lot of Black Acre’s material recently, having released artists such as Loops Haunt, Blue Daisy, Tokimonsta, Fantastic Mr Fox, Brokenchord and a load more.”
As an appetite whetter, Kelpe has also uploaded a taster of some of the EP tracks, which you can hear below –

Kelpe a webslinger

LOUGHBOROUGH electronica act Kelpe has revamped his website.
He said: “My new website is now up and running. The old one was kind of hard to keep up to date but the new one will be maintained regularly-ish with news of some importance.
“If you like my music I’d appreciate if you’d sign up for the mailing list so I can let you know when there’s something new coming out. Don’t worry it won’t be an overload of spam.
“There’s a lot of free downloads there so I recommend you head there.”

Top artwork under the microscope

LOUGHBOROUGH electronica act Kelpe has been voted as having one of the best record covers of the past year.
The Best Art Vinyl 2009 competition, which was won by Muse‘s The Resistance, named Kelpe’s single cover for Microscope Contents at number 18.
Andrew Heeps, Art Vinyl’s director, said: “With the Best Art Vinyl Award now in its fifth year we’ve really seen the award grow in stature and it is a great way to celebrate the unsung heroes behind the art and design of some of our favourite bands and artists.”
To see the top 50 winners, click here.

Albums Of The Year nearly here

YULE have been mad not to have noticed that, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens: “‘Tis the season.”
As my Christmas present to you, tomorrow I’ll unveil my Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2009, revealing who is following in the footsteps of acts behind previous Albums Of The Year such as System Of A Down, Portishead, The Libertines, The Beatles and Arcade Fire.
You’ll also find out if anyone can join Biffy Clyro as double winners – groups in the running this year include Prodigy, Acoustic Ladyland, Mr Hudson, Maccabees and Jamie T, while Biffy Clyro themselves could make it a record three Albums Of The Year with Only Revolutions.
Plus there’s local interest too – both Late Of The Pier and Young Knives made the top 10 for 2008, and this year Kerfuffle, Kelpe and Wave Pictures have had albums out, and Mr Hudson’s drummer, Wilkie Wilkinson, is from Loughborough too!
You’ll also have your chance to vote which of my shortlist should be crowned Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice Album Of The Year, which last year was awarded to Portishead’s Third.
The vote runs until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
So until then, let me take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Kelpe’s picked

LOUGHBOROUGH electronica star Kelpe has compiled his own Albums Of The Decade, for website Ragged Words.
His choices are –

  • Beak> – Beak> (2009)
  • Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue (2009)
  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Master And Everyone (2003)
  • Lone – Lemurian (2008)
  • Manitoba – Start Breaking My Heart (2001)
  • Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
  • Portishead – Third (2008)
  • Prefuse 73 – One Word Extinguisher (2003)
  • Tortoise – It’s All Around You (2004)
  • Stars of The Lid – The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid (2001)

Buy Cambio Wechsel

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LOUGHBOROUGH’S own Kelpe, real name Kel Mckeown, makes meticulous music that would be as at home in a chill-out room as it would be in an art gallery.
His third album Cambio Wechsel is a brilliant mosaic of beats and samples, a wondrous sound which he unerringly dubs “head-nod-tronica” – rather making any review I could write redundent.
I could wax lyrical about the pulsating The Blankout Agreement, harp on about the understated psychedelia of After Gold or try to pinpoint exactly why the messed-up electro funk of Clearance has to be heard to be believed.
But it would be pointless.
Because when you put on one of his tracks, made of skeletal beats coloured with shifting, warped electronica rising and falling with fuzzy basslines, skittering electronics and atmospheric samples, all you can do is simply nod in appreciation.